January 2, 2012 |
Barely a decade ago, Beijing bicyclists pedaled down alleys here lined with courtyard houses that had no indoor toilets. Now the alleys have been replaced by a wide avenue lined with Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce dealerships. In 2011, Chinese bought more Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces than anybody else in the world. In time for Chinese New Year this month, Rolls is unveiling a "Year of the Dragon" model with hand-embroidered versions of mythical animals on leather headrests.
December 18, 2011
SUNDAY 'Tis the season for the sixth-season finale of the serial-killer drama "Dexter," followed by the freshman-season finale of "Homeland. " Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in the latter series, a conspiracy thriller for our post-Sept. 11 world. (Showtime, 9 and 10 p.m.) Romance of the nerds: The two-part special "Geek Love" spotlights Sci-Fi Speed Dating, a matchmaking service designed especially for the costume-clad Comic-Con crowd. So what time should my mom and I pick you up?
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June 30, 2011 |
An El Monte man was sentenced to three years in state prison Wednesday in connection with a scheme to recruit hundreds of Chinese nationals and charge them for joining a phony Army Special Forces unit that he led as "supreme commander," Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Under the deal with prosecutors, Chinese national Yupeng "David" Deng pleaded guilty to three felony charges, including manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeiting a government seal, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
February 20, 2011 |
Li Guangqiang rises early and pulls on his sharpest city clothes: dark jeans fashionably distressed, puffy down coat, black pouch slung over one shoulder. An outfit carefully chosen to announce: I am not a farmer or a villager. Not anymore. Li's journey will be long, and he has no time to lose. Heading out into the dry, dirty cold of a Beijing winter, he rolls his suitcase along frozen canals the shade of curdled milk, through the warren of alleyways where he and other migrants sleep in makeshift shelters of concrete block walls and corrugated tin roofs.
February 10, 2011 |
One way to help folks keep their new year's resolutions is to hold them accountable -- even if they're 8 or 9. That's what a children's museum in Maryland is doing as part of an ongoing monthly program to help kids and parents keep their healthy-eating promises. "A children's museum may seem an unlikely place to come to boost your health, but that makes it all the more effective," Nora Moynihan, director of education and community enrichment at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore, says in this Baltimore Sun story . "We're a place that's not preachy about it. " So what do the kids think?
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February 10, 2011 |
First came the rain. Then the prayers for it to stop. Then when the sun came out and visitors began arriving, so did the cops ? to close everything down because of the weather. They handcuffed a local pastor. Their sirens wailed. Vendors and customers scurried off. This was not how the Year of the Rabbit was supposed to be kicked off at the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival, one of Southern California's biggest Chinese New Year celebrations. Even now, more than a week later, many vendors who were there remain outraged by how the city treated them.
February 3, 2011 |
Chinese New Year begins Thursday, but the celebrations last for 15 more days. In Hong Kong, elaborate floats will light up Victoria Harbor during a Thursday night parade to celebrate the beginning of the new year. In Singapore, floats and lion and dragon dancers will take to the streets for the elaborate Chingay Parade on Feb. 11-12 that typically draws about 200,000 spectators. For those looking for things to do closer to home, here are some events within easy reach to mark the Year of the Rabbit: PHOTO GALLERY: Chinese New Year decorations at the Bellagio and the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
January 30, 2011 |
Marcus put his lips together and experimented with making a variety of whistling, crackling, popping sounds. "Whhho! Wheeeee! Fzzzzzzz! Pow!" The boy's grandmother was startled by the noises and looked up from the Chinese-language newspaper she had been reading. "Marcus, why are you making all that noise?" "Nai Nai, (Chinese for grandma) I can't help it!" her grandson answered. "I was trying to make fireworks noises; I can't wait to see the New Year's fireworks shown at the park tonight!
January 12, 2011 |
The Chinese New Year-- the Year of the Rabbit-- begins Feb. 3, and a resort on the Las Vegas Strip is getting an early start on the celebrations -- in a big way. On Thursday, a giant figure of a rabbit will make its debut as the centerpiece of the Palazzo 's atrium. The rabbit, which stands 16 feet tall and weighs roughly 1,000 pounds, took four months to build. Its acrylic-fur paws and tail, as well as its glass eyes, all move. The Palazzo is a popular destination for Asian visitors, especially during Chinese New Year.